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Thesis statement location

I strongly suggest (indeed, it's more of a hard and fast rule) that students in my class place their thesis statement at the end of their first paragraph. But during class discussion I mentioned that the very best writers -- professional or experienced writers -- often place their thesis statement at the end of a piece. I argued that while the results can be very effective if properly handled, it is very difficult to control your writing sufficient to maintain your audience's interest all the way to the end.

Laurence H. asked if I could post an example of just such a piece of writing. Here is an example of an essay by New York Times columnist Ross Douthat from August 28, 2011. While I don't necessarily agree with all of his opinions, the point here is how he writes, and he is one of the best.

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Advanced Placement US History

APUSH News

6/7/17

Responding to teacher feedback after the 2016 exams, College Board has announced modifications to the Advanced Placement exams for European History, US History, and World History (River City does not offer AP World).

Among the changes:

  • Students will have 10 more minutes to answer the DBQ and Long Essay questions;
  • Periodization and Synthesis are no longer listed as course skills, and the synthesis point has been removed from the DBQ and Long Essay scoring rubric
  • The focus on the DBQ will be drawn from years 1600-2001 in AP Euro and 1754-1980 in APUSH.
  • The required number of Short-Answer Questions to answer has been reduced from four to three, with a choice between two for the final SAQ;
  • Students will have 10 fewer minutes to answer the SAQ questions (40 minutes);

For more information, see the College Board announcements here:

2017-18 AP History Changes

AP US History About the Exam Student Page

AP European History About the Exam Student Page

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5/19/17

The pre-course assignment will be due after the course has begun in January. There are no fall sections of AP US History. To find the pre-course assignment (or "summer assignment") go to https://goo.gl/jevdrA.

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APUSH Assignment Calendar

Today: 11/18/17

O'Connor's Personal Reading Lists

These aren't books that students are required to read. These are books that are on my personal summer reading list for 2017:

These books were on my summer reading list for 2016:

These books were on my summer reading list for 2015:

This is what I read over the summer of 2014:

This is what I read over the summer of 2013:

This is what I read over the summer of 2012:

What I read over the summer of 2011:

Some books that students might consider reading prior to taking APUSH:

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